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Crewel World | [Monica Ferris]

Crewel World

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....
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Publisher's Summary

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….

©1999 Monica Ferris (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 08-10-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 08-10-12 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Nice cozy mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book, and I found I was picking up my needlework more often than usual! Something about the descriptions of yarns, silks, etc, made me want to sink my hands into them. I figured out 'whodunit' about halfway through the book, and enjoyed collecting clues to see if I was right - I was! I plan to purchase more of the series, but I think I'd better visit my local yarn shop first and stock up....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 07-29-12
    Susan 07-29-12
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    "Good story; hated the narrator"

    The narrator nearly ruined this for me. She was very stilted in her delivery, especially of the main heroine's voice, which made her sound unappealing. But the elements of a good "cozy mystery" were there, especially it you like crafts. If later books in this series have a different narrator, I'd definitely consider them. Otherwise, it's off to the library. Be sure to check out the sample recording and see if you can tolerate the narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 06-04-12
    Yvonne 06-04-12
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    "What I call a fun fluffy mystery."
    Would you listen to Crewel World again? Why?

    I already have. Probably will again as I like the characters ,subject matter and not too graphic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crewel World?

    When the ladies start to suspect who the killer is (don't want to give it away)


    Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen at work so am happy to have long stretches to keep up with the story.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Austin, TX, United States 05-28-12
    Joan Austin, TX, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasant Enough: Satisfaction, No Intrigue"
    Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

    The characters were likeable and the story engaging enough to hold my interest, so I might try another book by Monica Ferris in the future when I run out of books in my favorite series or by my more preferred authors.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
    Least interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.


    What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Susan Boyce read well enough, but I thought she made some of the characters sound much older than they were described. I'm in my 50s and I don't think I sound like an old woman!


    Do you think Crewel World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book is the first of the Needlecraft series. I love the clever titles.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is worth a try. I liked it well enough to consider listening to more of the series in the future. I didn't like it well enough to immediately work my way through all of them right now, one after the other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Salli Lincoln, NE, United States 01-30-12
    Salli Lincoln, NE, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A good fun listen"
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    I enjoy Monica Ferris books for being light, interesting mysteries. Read the series in order, starting with this one. I must say, I don't love Susan Boyce's reading style but it doesn't get in the way of my liking the content. Her emphasis seems always to be slightly off for my taste. But I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole Crewel World series and wish Audible would get the rest of the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey 08-29-12
    Tracey 08-29-12
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    "Very Light"
    What did you like best about Crewel World? What did you like least?

    An okay read. Not one I would recommend if you like a story with good twists and turns.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 08-26-12
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook addict

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    "Somewhat entertaining"

    Not a crafty person so all the needlework references were a bit wearing but helped fill an afternoon of housework.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Rossiter 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Predictable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader.


    What could Monica Ferris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not well read, in fact I nearly stopped listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reading seemed wooden and many times the accent fell on the wrong words. Very annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed several of the characters. Could be a fun, mindless chic-lit if the proper performance was there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 08-11-12
    Wendy 08-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The narrator is just too monotone for me!"
    Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

    not sure


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    liked the details of and the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    She is just so monotone!


    Did Crewel World inspire you to do anything?

    get back to needle point


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-07-12
    Jennifer 08-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not a Clever Cozy Mystery"

    Very predictable--knew the culprit and her/his unlikely and uncompelling motive VERY early on. Weird, underdeveloped characters--"weird" as in "awkward and unlikable", not as in "quirky and interesting". Flat narration. I don't recommend this book at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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